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Public policy major named Stanford's 38th Marshall Scholar

STANFORD -- Carlos Lerner, a senior majoring in public policy who runs a day-care program for underprivileged children, has become Stanford's 38th Marshall Scholar.

He is one of 40 American students chosen this year for the honor, which provides fees and living expenses for as many as three years of graduate study in Britain.

Lerner, 20, was born in Argentina and grew up in Encino, Calif. In addition to compiling a straight-A record at Stanford, he has received numerous honors for his writing, including the Craig Prize for the best essay in a Western culture history course.

For the past three years, he has been a volunteer and coordinator of a day-care program at McNair Elementary School in East Palo Alto, Calif. About five Stanford students work at the center each day, tutoring and playing with about 40 disadvantaged children.

Lerner also plays trumpet in the Stanford Band, and is serving as a resident assistant at Mirlo House in Florence Moore Hall.

Lerner hopes to use his scholarship to earn a graduate degree in health economics at the University of York before going on to medical school.

"In my professional future, I envision myself at the forefront of changes in the American health-care system, acting both through research and political participation," he wrote in his scholarship essay.

"A Marshall scholarship would contribute greatly to the fulfillment of my plans, giving me the invaluable opportunity to study health economics in a country that has decades of experience with national health insurance."

The Marshall Scholarships were established by the British government in 1953 as an expression of thanks for aid given by the United States after World War II under the Marshall Plan.

More than 800 candidates apply for the British Marshall Scholarships each year.



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